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Wrap Rock 

Written By: Dev Khan 



/* TOOLS: 


PARTS: 


• Chain nose pliers (1) 


! • Stoned) 


no teeth. 


1 A stone at least VA" in diameter with a 


• Pin vised) 


! flat back. 


• Round nose pliers (1) 


• Half-hard square wire (48") 




i of 24-aauae half-hard square wire 




sterlina silver or aold fill. 




\ • Half-hard half-round (24") 




of 22-aauae half-hard half-round wire 




1 sterlina silver or aold fill. 



SUMMARY 

Wire wrapping is an imaginative, spontaneous, and versatile method of setting free-form 
stones using wire and simple hand tools. It allows the shape of the stone to control the 
placement of wire. The piece becomes its own tool, the moveable wraps acting as clamps 
and measuring points. By varying the number of wraps and wires, you can accommodate 
almost any stone. 

Craft a centerpiece for a beading project, create a pendant out of that odd-shaped stone, or 
turn a beach rock into a magic amulet. Amaze your friends! 



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Using square wire, form a loose loop around the stone that is 3/4" to 1" away from the 
stone all around. Cut at intersection of the loop. Or, using tape measure, find the 
circumference of the stone, add 3", and cut. 

This is your template for cutting the rest of the wire needed (at least 4 pieces this size) for 
the wrap. If working with a thicker stone, you'll need more wires. This group of wires is 
called the bundle. 



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Cut about 8" of half-round wire. You'll make more of these cuts later. Line up the square 
wire to form a flat sheet. All should curve in the same direction. This inside curve will be 
the "inside" of your piece. 

Making sure the flat side of the half-round is against the bundle of square wire, wrap 5-7 
times (or more for a larger stone) around the bundle. This is called the wrap. It should be 
evenly wound and smooth, and loose enough to slide along the bundle. 

Cut loose ends of the half-round wire on inside curve of the bundle. The stone, once 
placed, will hold these ends in place, preventing them from unwinding. Start next wrap near 
previous one. This will work as a clamp to hold the bundle wires in line. 

Depending on the size and shape of your stone, you will need at least 4 of these wraps. To 
make wrapping easier, place them close together, and slide them into place later while 
shaping the wrapped bundle to fit your stone. 



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Find the bottom center of your stone, and moving the wraps into their proper places, bend 
the wrapped bundle with your fingers. Check the shape and location of wraps against the 
stone. Move the wraps to where they will best support the stone. This should be a loose fit 
with approximately 1/8" of room around the piece you are wrapping. 

Move the top 2 wraps to meet at the top of the stone. This will form the measuring point for 
the first bends in forming the bail. The bail is the top of the piece, which allows it to hang 
on a chain or cord. 



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• After making sure the wrapped bundle is the proper size and shape, place your chain-nose 
pliers on one of the top wraps, and bend the unwrapped portion 90 degrees upward with 
your fingers. Repeat on the other side. Gently straighten the loose wires so that the 2 bent 
sections meet smoothly in the middle. You should now have something that looks like a 
bubble-blowing wand. 

• Move one of the wires on the outside edge of the combined bundle and twist it slightly with 
the pin vise. This will harden the wire, making it stronger to contain the wire bundle without 
slipping. 

• Wrap this wire 3 times around the bundle to secure the lower section of the piece, and 
leave the end uncut for now (you'll use it to wrap the bottom of the bail). Give these wraps 
a slight pinch with pliers to tighten them in place. 



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Determine which side is the front of your piece, and bend the front-most wires down 90 
degrees toward the front. These front wires will be used for decorations to be added later. 
This junction of wires will also be a measuring point for the bail construction. Leave 4 or 5 
wires unbent, for the bail. 

With pliers, fan remaining wires into a smooth row of 4 or 5. Place pliers approximately 
3/4" up from the intersection of wrapped wires, and bend the bail wire forward 90 degrees. 

Reposition pliers to other side of first bend, and bend wires downward into a U. Width of 
the bail top is determined by width of the plier jaws. Place pliers into the junction point 
formed by the bottom bail wrap. Firmly grasping the sides of the bail, bend the wires 
upward 90 degrees. This is a hard bend. 

Reposition pliers slightly above previous bend and turn wires 90 degrees under. This is a 
very hard bend, so anchor work firmly between thumb and forefinger. This bend brings all 
wires roughly parallel to the original bundle of bail wires. 



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• Clip extra bail wires off where 
decoration wires are pulled down. 
The cut wires should run parallel to 
the back of the bail and tuck above 
the junction of wires. 

• Continue wrapping upwards with 
existing wrap wire, or twist a new 
one from decoration wires. Wrap 
tightly to "chin" of bail and clip off 
— leave no hanging wire. Fan the 
bail to even out inconsistencies. 







With your fingers, bend the wires on the back of the piece inward to form the place where 
your stone will rest, forming the back of the piece. Place the stone into the setting, and 
gently bend the wires on the front of the piece to hold the stone in place. The stone will fit 
very loosely into the setting. 

Using pliers, gently turn each wire on the back of the piece to hold the stone tightly in the 
setting. Be sure pliers are on the square sides of the wire to prevent nicks. Turn front 
wires in sequence from the inside of the wrap outwards, always turning in the same 
direction. Placement of the next bend is determined by the inside curve of the previous 
bend. 



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Using the pin vise, twist decoration wires to texture and harden them. With round-nose 
pliers, turn them into a tiny curl, then use chain-nose pliers to form a spiral at the base of 
the bail. Decorate using twisted wires, or cut them flush for a clean, tight bail. Use found 
objects, leftover beads, or seashells to make it your own creation. 



This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 03 . pages120-123. 



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